Elías Torres was born in Ibiza in 1944, and graduated in architecture at the University of Barcelona in 1968. That same year, he set up his architecture studio, with José Antonio Martínez Lapeña. He received his doctorate in 1993 for the ETSAB (School of Architecture of Barcelona.) Torres has also been into teaching, at the ETSAB, the ETSAV and the ETSA Ramón Llull, and has been a Visiting Professor at UCLA and at Harvard University. Another of his facets has been writing, in 1980 he wrote the guidebook Guía de Arquitectura de Ibiza y Formentera (Architecture guide to Ibiza and Formentera).